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When we started Artix, I was still ambivalent about business. I wanted to keep one foot in the art world. Big, big, mistake. Going into business is like a hang-glider launch — you’d better do it wholeheartedly, or not at all. The purpose of a company, and a startup especially, is to make money. You can’t have divided loyalties.

It’s hard enough to make money that you can’t do it by accident. Unless it’s your first priority, it’s unlikely to happen at all.

— Paul Graham

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2010.08.22 Sunday ACHK

先決程式 2

簡言之,無論是讀書,做事,還是安裝 software(軟件),都要「按部就班」。「按部就班」,彷彿是近乎廢話般的老生常談。但是,大部分地球人竟然不知道。

假設,你有一個目標,要走十五步才能達到。細心思量下,你發覺有其中五步是多餘的。換言之,只有十步是必須的。那樣,你要記住,要達到目標,就要老實地走過那十步中的每一步。到達第十步前,你必須經過第九步;到達第九步前,你必須經過第八步;如此類推。

有人可以貌似一開始就到達第十步,並不是因為他有什麼神奇的方法,可以避過第一至第九步;而是因為他由第一步走至第九步時走得很快,快到別人來不及留意。比喻說,你第一次遇到我時,我是十九歲。那並不代表我一出世就是十九歲,而是,在十九歲前,我們還未認識。

— Me@2010.08.22

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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